There are a number of adjustments and challenges that parents will be making when they decide on RV living with kids, whether these lives are for vacations or for full-time living. Among these are the following:
One of the biggest issues is having the right “tools” to keep kids busy, comfortable, and happy while on the road and while actually camped. Here is a list of the most popular and most useful of those tools.
As much as they are maligned by people living more traditional lifestyles (too much screen time seems always to be an issue), tablets and phones are pretty critical while RV-ing. There are long times on the road, and kids do need to be entertained. Their devices allow them to be entertained and occupied during these long over-the-road hours. Once the family arrives, there will be plenty to do that takes them away from those devices.
What does a family with kids do when the weather is bad? And you do need to plan for those days in advance. Having a major supply of indoor activities is an absolute must, along with games that the entire family can enjoy. These days will also provide a special “thanks” for TV and their other devices. And obviously, as these craft tools are used up, they must be replaced.
Indoor toys will be very valuable during bad-weather days. Legos, Lincoln Logs, etc. will allow kids to be creative and yet quietly active.
Another activity during bad days is cooking if your RV has that capacity. Kids can bake; they can make snack foods; they can help prepare meals.
Consider all of the outdoor activities that are possible depending upon where you may stop along your travels. These should guide the “tools” that you intend to take with you:
For those families that choose a permanent RV lifestyle, there will be the challenge of home-schooling. And the tools needed for this will be many. The curriculum will have to be acquired; there will be both offline and online resources to be used. Kids need curriculum materials, learning activities, assessments, and such, and parents will need to see to it that all of those learning tools are present for use.
This is a long-term goal. But consider the value of providing journals for each of your kids as they move through their elementary and teen years. Keeping journals of all of the travels, the experiences, the sightseeing, etc. will provide a historical record that will be permanent and that will be far better than just the memories that hold in their brains. Years later, as adults, they will be able to return to those traveling days and re-live those grand experiences. These journals will be priceless.
RV life with kids does have its challenges, to be sure. There are issues, whether those kids are young, tweens, or full-blown teenagers. But many families find that the benefits far outweigh these challenges and choose an RV lifestyle for vacations and/or full-time living. If kids of all ages have the right tools to make their own RV life as comfortable, enjoyable, and fulfilling as possible, they will pile up memories that can never be equaled.
Daniela McVicker is a psychologist and family counselor. She is also a freelance writer and a contributor to Topwritersreview and FreeEssayWriters. Her passion is writing about leading a healthy family life and helping people enjoy their lives to the fullest.